PolarFab Delivers Silvaco Process Design Kits for PBC4 BiCMOS/DMOS Process

January 27, 2004 BLOOMINGTON, Minn. & SANTA CLARA, Calif.

PolarFab, a U.S.-based pure-play semiconductor foundry, and Silvaco, a leading vendor of mixed-signal electronic design automation (EDA) software, announced today the availability of process design kits (PDKs) for PolarFab's premier process for power management applications. The PDK supports a complete analog and mixed-signal design flow with Silvaco circuit simulation and custom IC CAD tools.

"The new Silvaco custom IC CAD design tools provide a solid platform for our customers to design power management ICs from schematic through layout to tapeout, using PolarFab's PBC4 process," said Steve Kosier, Vice President of Engineering, PolarFab. "This process design kit includes parameterized cells for all of the fifty active and passive components."

"Foundry supported PDKs offer us immediate productivity in design entry, simulation, and design verification," said Mike Wilson, Vice President, Networking and Industrial Power Management at Semtech. "We appreciate the tight integration between the PolarFab process and Silvaco tools."

"Silvaco's PDK development methodology really shines with the challenge of a fifty element BiCMOS/DMOS process," said Kenneth Brock, vice president of marketing for Silvaco. "We were able to complete a comprehensive PDK in a fraction of the time it takes to develop PDKs for other design tool flows."

About Silvaco Process Design Kits

Silvaco PDKs include SmartSpice(TM) Circuit Simulator models, Scholar(TM) schematic symbols, Expert(TM) Layout Editor technology files, parameterized layout cells supporting schematic driven layout for each of the active and passive elements, and Guardian(TM) DRC/LVS/LPE rule decks. Silvaco PDKs enable first-time correct silicon, shorter design times, optimum semiconductor performance, lower development costs, reduced risks, and ultimately faster time to market.

About PolarFab's PBC4 BCD Process

PBC4 monolithically integrates dense, low-voltage CMOS and bipolar control circuitry with power DMOS transistors. This 0.5um BCD process features dual gate oxides (5.5V and 16V), complementary N- and P-channel MOSFETs with 5V, 7V, 16V, 30V and 40V (NMOS only) capabilities, vertical NPN (VNPN) & lateral PNP (LPNP) bipolar transistors, and a variety of passive elements. PBC4 is suitable for a wide array of smart power and power management IC applications. Silvaco PDKs are available for immediate download from PolarFab's customer support website.

About PolarFab

Headquartered in Minnesota, PolarFab is the only US-owned, pure-play semiconductor foundry in the country. The company provides silicon solutions for customer-designed integrated circuits (ICs) through proven design methodologies accessing a broad range of bipolar and BiCMOS manufacturing processes. PolarFab's focus is on exceptional customer support provided by a creative, flexible and responsive staff of professionals. The company offers six-inch and eight-inch wafer processing, testing and failure analysis services meeting the analog, mixed signal and smart power IC requirements of fabless and fab-lite semiconductor companies. For more information call 1-800-882-3472 or visit the company online at www.polarfab.com.

Contact:
Silvaco
408-654-4392

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PolarFab
Laura Bock Carlson, 952-876-3350
carlsonl@polarfab.com